The Sherline Miniature Machinist's Newsletter
Roger Ronnie goes from engraving guns to making miniature versions of them
Roger holds the completed miniature 1896 Bergmann pistol. He restored the original and then made a duplicate at half size.
Rogerís second gun project was this half size 1910 Lefever ì$1000 Gradeî shotgun. It is shown with a miniature brass shotgun shell and reproductions of the original paperwork. An example of some of the extremely fine engraving and gold inlay work is shown on the trigger guard.
Roger Ronnie has been an engraver for over 30 years. His early training included gunsmithing school so he would know how to disassemble and repair the guns he would be engraving. However, he had never built a complete weapon from scratch until he took on the project to restore an 1896 Bergmann 6.5 mm pistol for a famous author. While he had the pistol apart he decided to duplicate every part at Ω size using his Sherline lathe and mill. Even the checkering on the grip is scaled down to half size and hand cut with a small file.
The Bergmann came out so nice he decided to attempt a more challenging project by building a Ω size version of a very rare 1910 Lefever ì$1000 Gradeî shotgun. For this project he had only photos that he had taken many years ago to work from. The ornate engraving of the original was quite a work of art at full size, but reproducing it at half size was extraordinarily difficult. As you can see, Roger did a masterful job. His latest project is now a Sharps Borchard rifle. More on Rogerís work can be seen at www.CraftsmanshipMuseum.com/Ronnie.htm.
Shop Tip of the month:
Tailstock gib quick adjustment screws and locking lever by Brian James
Knurled adjustment screws and a shortened hex key make quick work of tailstock adjustment. (Click on photo for larger image)
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CLICK HERE for a dimensioned drawing of the special knurled screws and shortened hex key. (Drawing: Brian James)
This and other handy tips can be found on the TIPS page at www.sherline.com/pages/tips.htm.
Extended travel 15" mill column and 18" table
Photos show the longer P/N 45260 mill column (left) and P/N 54182 table (right) with a typical accompanying leadscrew. Leadscrews are purchased separately based on your application (inch or metric, manual or CNC). (Call or see the replacement parts list for part numbers.)
Sherline customers often ask how they can increase the capacity of their milling machines. This year we introduced two new replacement parts that make it possible to add 4" to the Z-axis travel of any Sherline mill and 5" to the length and travel of the mill table.
P/N 45260 15" mill column bed ($90.00). Leadscrews are $18.00 each and are available in inch or metric, manual or CNC versions.
P/N 54182 18" mill table ($185.00). Leadscrews are $40 each and are available in inch or metric, manual or CNC versions.
New machines can also be special ordered with these parts already installed. The additional cost is $90.00 for the 15" column bed and $185.00 for the 18" table. The appropriate leadscrews are included at no extra charge when ordered as part of a new mill. Call Sherline direct at (800) 541-0735 to order these as factory installed options, or the parts themselves are available at www.SherlineDirect.com.
Did you know?
ï Sherline manufactures the most complete line of machine tools and accessories in the world, regardless of size. Some companies make larger equipment, and others make more of it, but they generally depend on other manufacturers to provide the accessories and tooling for their machines. Sherline not only offers several models of lathes and mills, they also offer a huge line featuring hundreds of accessories specifically designed to work with the machines. The advantage to you is that you can be assured if it comes from Sherline it will work with your machine and will be of the high quality you have come to expect from Sherline tools.
ï To make things easier for our on-line customers, cutting tools and a larger number of spare parts can now be ordered through Sherlineís e-commerce site at www.SherlineDirect.com.
ï You can save up to $173.00 on this monthís Internet Special. What is it? See www.sherline.com/special.htm to find out.
ï NAWCC (National Assn. of Watch
and Clock Collectors) Regional,
ï Cabin Fever Expo,
ï NAMES (North American Model
Engineering Society) Expo,
Joe Martin Craftsmanship Foundation News
ï A new YouTube video has just been created that takes you on a tour of
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ï The newest addition to the on-line museum is boat builder Fred Heim of